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Old 03-14-2011, 05:09 AM
 
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Hey everybody,

I have been looking at moving out to Oregon for the better part of nine months. Through out this time I've been sending out cover letters and resumés to companies that I would like to work for, but nothing has really turned up. It seems difficult to try and form a relationship (most of them are smaller, with few employees) with the owners and managers of these businesses while living in Michigan. I feel that few are really interested in hiring someone for an entry level position (read: doesn't pay much) that lives so far away when they could easily get someone they know, locally.

So, with moving in mind, I've been saving my money and have enough to cover about ten months of living unemployed. (This takes into account all of my recurring payments that I need to make each month, food, and renting a room for $400/month.) This will keep growing until I do finally pull the trigger and move.

I have a family member in the city who has some connections and who can help me find an inexpensive place to stay. My visit out to see him was great; I loved the city and the things it offered. I felt much more at home with the people there than I do in Michigan, square peg in a round hole at the moment.

So I guess my question is, what are your thoughts? I keep hearing about how the job situation in Oregon isn't all that great right now, and that Eugene is much the same. Lots of college grads sticking around, lots of people moving out (like me)...I have a college degree and a few years experience in my field at a well known company. I am sure that I can get very positive recommendations from my supervisors.

I am in my mid twenties, willing to be unemployed for a little while, work whatever I need to in order to make things function, and am ready for a lifestyle change. I was originally looking to move to Oregon and Washington before finding my current job, but I really needed a foot in the door somewhere. So, I am finally feeling ready to do it. People from Eugene, any thoughts or input?

Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Detroit (last day June 30, 2011)
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I admire your desire to leave Michigan, I have been counting down the days since I got here. I would agree with you about the job situation, friends of mine back in Portland tell me things are not much different there. What do you do? I can imagine that if you have something specific in mind it may be difficult to find a job, but if you don't care then getting out there would be the biggest challenge. I wasn't able to get a sense of whether you wanted to go to Portland or Eugene area? I would think Portland has more opportunity for sake of size alone, but I am only speculating.
What part of Michigan are you in?
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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You are doing all the right things, it seems. The mantra has always been: don't move until you have a job secured first. But it seems like it's very difficult for that to actually happen for most people. You are wise to save and plan well ahead. You are also fortunate to have someone here who can help you get set-up once you arrive.

I'm not an Oregon native. We moved here about 8 years ago. My husband and I have never met more people with PhD's working as barista's or waiter's or even starting their own cleaning businesses because they couldn't find a job anywhere else, regardless of their education. Yet, something about this place is so special that people don't mind earning less and changing their lifestyle to stay here.

So, I think as long as you realize that your college degree might not actually be the thing that opens any doors for you, and you are willing to apply for whatever job might be available, I think you have a good chance. Seems like CostCo and Home Depot are always hiring... and I hear CostCo pays pretty well and offers good benefits. Right now the City of Eugene is beginning to hire their Summer recreation staff. There are also state job openings currently.

My husband always says, no matter high up on the totem pole you think you are - a broom will always fit in your hand. He keeps this mindset with regards to his career choices and it has always served him very well.

Good luck!
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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The above post is right. The unemployment rate is over 10% in Eugene, and it is rough getting a job. If you say there is always McDonald's and live with the idea you will take anything until something better comes along, you may make it O.K. If you are not willing to have this attitude, stay away is the best advice I can give you.

My family went to Oregon in the 1800s, so I have lived in and out of Oregon my entire 80 year life. Have several grown grandchildren there, son and family, etc. Know the state well.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:49 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm on the west side of the state and working in an industry that is doing well out on the west coast. I realize that my degree doesn't really mean much in the grand scheme of things, so I'm willing to do some work that isn't glamorous.

I'd first be staying in Eugene, where my brother is living, but would relocate to wherever I could find work. I really liked Portland while I was there, but I felt like I would enjoy Eugene much more.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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I moved to Eugene 8 mos ago and it has some charm but becomes boring fast. 0verall I am not too impressed. College kids, smelly hippies and toothless rednecks...Oy Vay! Portland is better. The outdoors make the area great.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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Sorry you're feeling bored Niko. One thing I have noticed about Eugene is that things can be kind of hidden from view. Just when I think I've seen and done everything there is to do, I stumble upon something I haven't noticed before that was there all along. I do have a bit of an adventerous, seeker, spirit, though. Sometimes it's not the place that's boring, it's the mindset that gets stuck in a rut.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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The rhody's will be in bloom at hendricks and the rose garden at is right behind it.
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